We're kicking off this Monday with some thoughts and some bourbon. Because, hello, Monday.
They say practice makes perfect and I'd say they are right. I discovered a love for cooking and photography a couple years back but have only recently realized that if I want to get better at either, I need to practice. Gosh darn it, twist my arm, I need to bake more! But it's not as easy as it sounds, with a full time job and a regularly full calendar, it can be a challenge to find the time to cook, but also find the time to photograph it well. Thankfully it's something I enjoy but even as I look through the few photos I snapped while making these cupcakes on my day off the other day, I realized I was distracted by my dog and Christmas decorations and I wasn't really happy with the way many of them turned out. But I will say, they tasted delicious and in the end that's what matters, at least to my boyfriend who immediately called dibs on the leftover frosting.
I recently mentioned my discovery of local baker Christina of Dessert For Two, well I was so excited when I stumbled upon her cookbook in the used section of Left Bank Books in the Central West End. If you're not aware, there's a great selection of used books downstairs of the bookstore. It looked barely used! Which is great because my cook books generally get a little messy...anyway, this was the perfect recipe because it made five cupcakes. The recipe said four, but I got five out it. It was perfect because I set aside a little of the icing before adding the bourbon for one cupcake for my mom who doesn't drink.
Cookbooks and Instagram are where I try to learn more about how to better my food photography. I'm thankful I have a big window in my kitchen for natural light, but I definitely need a stool to get some better shots from above, and work on angles. I understand the basics of photography from journalism school, but framing up an interview subject is a little different than a cupcake. So here's to more practice! And more cupcakes. Cheers!
bourbon buttercream pumpkin cupcakes
makes five cupcakes
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